Student-Engineered Robots from China, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and the U.S. Defeat the Competition at the 2013 VEX

  Student-Engineered Robots from China, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and the
  U.S. Defeat the Competition at the 2013 VEX Robotics World Championship

Largest Robotics Program in the World Introduces VEX IQ Product Line & VEX IQ
     Challenge to Reach New Elementary & Middle School Students & Schools

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ROCKWALL, Texas -- April 22, 2013

Over the weekend, more than 15,000 student participants, educators, mentors,
industry leaders and community members from 24 countries descended upon the
Anaheim Convention Center to celebrate the accomplishments of 700 of the
world’s best student-run VEX Robotics Competition teams, as they went head to
head with their custom-built and programmed robots at the VEX Robotics
Competition World Championship, presented by the Robotics Education &
Competition (REC) Foundation. Teams from China, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore
and the United States reigned supreme, taking home the coveted Winning
Alliance trophies for the Middle School World Championship, the High School
World Championship, and the College World Championship competitions.
Additionally, VEX IQ, a new line of educational robotics products, and the VEX
IQ Challenge, the pilot competition program, were introduced to the world at
the event by VEX Robotics, with nearly 70 elementary and middle school teams
piloting the new program.

“The teams that qualify to compete in this championship attend with tremendous
passion, and this weekend is really about celebrating their accomplishments
along with the knowledge and experience they have gained as a result of their
participation in the VEX Robotics Competition,” said Jason Morrella, president
of the Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation. “Competitive
robotics programs like the VEX Robotics Competition, provide an excellent
opportunity for hands-on STEM learning that will make these students
unstoppable in any career path they choose. These students are the leaders of
their generation and we expect to see great achievements from them in the
future,” concluded Morrella.

The global championship kicked-off on Wednesday and Thursday with initial
qualification matches and skills challenges. On Friday morning, thousands of
young engineers filed into the VEX Dome to participate in the opening
ceremonies parade of nations, where each team proudly bore their respective
countries’ brilliant flags. Following the parade, teams quickly transitioned
to an afternoon full of intense back-to-back qualification matches. By
Saturday, qualification rounds came to an end, the top performing teams went
through the alliance selection process, and the division champion alliances
collaborated to advance over their toughest competition yet in the finals.
Entertainment attractions including the UCLA marching band and Light Force -
an explosive hi-tech rhythmic drumming troupe, elevated the evening during the
final competitions, guiding teams and spectators through the award ceremonies.

Altogether, more than 700 VEX teams out of more than 7,300 teams worldwide
qualified to compete in one of four challenges hosted by the REC Foundation
this past weekend. The competitions included: VEX IQ Challenge World
Championship (ages 8-14 year olds), VRC Middle School World Championship (ages
11-14), VRC High School World Championship (ages 15-18) and the VEX U (ages
18+).

The 2013 VEX Robotics World Championship Alliance Winners are as follows:

  *The VEX IQ Challenge Teamwork Champions (Note – two alliances tied in the
    final match, resulting in a tie for Teamwork Champion). Champions included
    Team 44, Top Secret from Maddison Middle School in Rexburg, Idaho; Team
    37, Rocky Mountain πrates from Friends School in Boulder, Colo.; Team 42,
    Annihilation=MG^2 from Community in Loveland, Colo.; Team 3018P, Techna
    Pawns from Techna PWN Robotics, in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
  *The VRC Middle School World Champion Winning Alliance was Team 8065B, FT5
    from Singapore Combined School in Singapore; Team 8192D, Shanghai Huangpu
    from Shanghai Huangpu Teenagers S&T Activity Center in Shanghai, China;
    and Team 7792A, Shishi Middle School A from Chengdu Shishi Middle School
    in Chengdu, China.
  *The VRC High School World Champion Winning Alliance was Team 2625,
    Tech-Know Commandos from Worcester Technical High School in Worcester,
    Mass.; Team 2915A, Lynfield Jack Attack from Lynfield College in Auckland,
    New Zealand; and Team 2941D, Oats Robotics from Otumoetai College in
    Tauranga, New Zealand.
  *The VEX U World Champion was Team TCAN1, UTCA from Universidad Tecnologica
    De Cancun in Cancun, Mexico.

“My team and I have been tweaking our robot since this time last year, trying
to perfect and execute it as efficiently as possible and drive up our score
against some of our toughest competitors,” said Jason McKinney from Team 2625,
Tech-Know Commandos, part of the VEX Robotics High School Championship Winning
Alliance from Worcester Technical High School in Worcester, Mass. “VEX has
helped me realize my true potential and see exactly what we are able to
accomplish as a team if we put all our effort into a common goal. I am
absolutely overwhelmed with joy and exhaustion,” continued Jason.

Team 5225A, the E-Bots Pilons, from Oakville, Ontario, Canada, was presented
with the overall VRC World Championship Excellence Award, the highest honor in
the VEX Robotics Competition, given to the team with the most well-rounded VEX
Robotics program. Team NAR, North American Robotics, from Philadelphia, Pa.
was presented with the VEX U World Championship Excellence Award. Team 37,
Rocky Mountain πrates, from Friends School, in Boulder, Colo. received the VEX
IQ Challenge Elementary School Excellence Award.  Team 30, Gears and Geeks,
from Newhart Middle School, in Mission Viejo, Calif. received the VEX IQ
Challenge Middle School Excellence Award.

Several other technical and value-based awards were presented to teams
throughout the event. Below is a list of the teams and individuals that were
recognized for excelling in some of the top categories. For a complete list of
award winners, including winners of the online challenges, visit
http://www.robotevents.com/championship:

Tournament Finalists: Each team on the finalist alliance

  *VRC MS Team 8065A, Zeus Jr. from Singapore Combined Schools in Singapore;
    Team 8192A, Shanghai Huangpu from Shanghai Huangpu Teenagers S&T Activity
    Center in Shanghai, China; and Team 8192C, Shanghai Huangpu from Shanghai
    Huangpu Teenagers S&T Activity Center in Shanghai, China
  *VRC HS Team 2587Z, DiscoBots from Lamar High School in Houston, Texas;
    Team 2941A, Oats Robotics from Otumoetai College in Tauranga, New Zealand;
    and Team 1615A, Patribots from North Middlesex Regional High School in
    Townsend, Mass.
  *VEX U Team NAR, Moose Eagles, from North American Robotics, in
    Philadelphia, Pa.

Robot Skills Challenge Champion: Team with the best robot skills score

  *VEX IQ Challenge ES/MS Team 42, Annihilation=MG^2, from Community in
    Boulder, Colo.
  *VRC MS Team 8066A, Atom from Hai Sing Catholic School in Singapore
  *VRC HS Team 2915A, Lynfield Jack Attack from Lynfield College in Auckland,
    New Zealand
  *VEX U Team TZMG2, UT-Zona Metropolitana de Gdl from Universidad
    Tecnologica Zona Metropolitana Guadalajara in Tlajomulco de Zúñiga
    Jalisco, Mexico

Programming Skills Challenge Champion: Team with the best robot programming
skills score

  *VRC MS Team 8065A, Zeus Jr. from Singapore Combined Schools in Singapore
  *VRC HS Team 5225A, E-Bots Pilons from E-Bots in Oakville, Canada
  *VEX U Team TZMG2, UT-Zona Metropolitana de Gdl from Universidad
    Tecnologica Zona Metropolitana Guadalajara in Tlajomulco de Zúñiga
    Jalisco, Mexico

Design Award World Champion: Presented to a team that demonstrates a solid
approach to the design process, project management, time management and team
organization.

  *VEX IQ Challenge ES Team 6148B, Bowie Bulldogs, from Greenville, Texas
  *VEX IQ Challenge MS Team 3946R, Sun Devils, from Englewood, Colo.
  *VRC MS/HS Team 3876C, RoboRattlers, from Longmont, Colo.

Educate Award World Champion: Given to a team that has been able to
successfully integrate VEX Robotics into their STEM curriculums.

  *VRC MS/HS Team 2918A, GCEC, from Glenfield College, in Auckland, New
    Zealand

Innovate Award World Champion: Presented to a team that has demonstrated a
strong combination of ingenuity and innovation in designing their VEX robot.

  *VEX IQ Challenge ES/MS Team 35D, Crandroids, from Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
  *VRC MS/HS Team 3018, Techna Pwn Robotics, from Council Bluffs, Iowa
  *VEX U Team BLRS, Boiler Robotics, from Purdue University in West
    Lafayette, Ind.

Inspire Award World Champion: Presented to a team that demonstrates
outstanding leadership through actions with other teams.

  *VRC MS/HS Team 323Z, Aftershock, from Cornerstone Robotics in Greenwood,
    Ind.

Mentor of the Year Award: Given to a team mentor that has helped their
students achieve goals that were seemingly out of reach. This individual is a
role model, a leader and an extraordinary mentor who helps show students new
ways to expand their knowledge and solve problems in the worlds of STEM.

  *Stephen Sadler, VRC Team 5194, the East Barnet 1, from East Barnet School
    in the U.K.
  *Pat Fairbanks, VRC Team 254, the Cheesy Poofs, from Bellarmine College
    Prep in San Jose, Calif.

Partner of the Year: Given to an event sponsor that has gone above and beyond
to help spread the VEX footprint to even more teams and students.

  *Janet Auer, Global Partnerships and Programs Specialist, Chevron

Teacher of the Year: Presented to a teacher who shows true leadership and
dedication to his/her group of students. The winner of this award continually
goes "the extra mile" to ensure a safe, enjoyable and educational experience
for all students.

  *David Kelly, VRC Team 134 from Pembroke Academy, in Pembroke, N.H.
  *Melissa Fernandez, VRC Team 619A, Mecha Makos, from MAST Academy in Miami,
    Fla.

Volunteer of the Year: Given to an outstanding event volunteer.

  *Jim Musil, from Omaha Public Schools, in Omaha, Neb.
  *Martha Proulx, VRC Team 5900, from Bayshore High School in Bradenton, Fla.

STEM Hall of Fame Inductees:

  *Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick, U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and
    Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  *Steve Sanghi, Founder and CEO, Microchip Technology
  *Daniela Rodriguez, Student, Miami, Fla.

For those looking forward to getting a jump on next year’s robot designs, the
2013/2014 VEX Robotics Competition and College Challenge game will be VEX Toss
Up. VEXTossUpis played on a 12 ft. x 12 ft. foam-mat, surrounded by a
sheet-metal and Lexan perimeter. The field includes hexagonal-shaped Lexan
goals, a sheet metal bump, hanging bars and a PVC and sheet metal fence. Teams
score points by scoring BuckyBalls and large balls into goals or by placing
them in different zones on the field. Points are also scored for robots that
are hanging at the end of the match.

Partners and sponsors of the 2013 VEX Robotics Competition World Championship
include the Northrop Grumman Foundation, Autodesk, Chevron, EMC, GoDaddy.com,
Innovation First International, Microchip, NASA, and Texas Instruments. In
addition, VEX Robotics continually reaches students in the classroom through
key partnerships with notable education-based organizations, Project Lead the
Way (PLTW) and Technology Students Association (TSA).

About REC Foundation

The REC Foundation seeks to increase student interest and involvement in
science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students
in hands-on, sustainable and affordable curriculum-based robotics engineering
programs across the U.S. and internationally. The REC Foundation develops
partnerships with K-12 education, higher education, government, industry, and
the non-profit community to achieve this work. For more information on REC
Foundation, visit www.roboticseducation.org.

About VEX Robotics

VEX Robotics, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Innovation First
International, is a leading provider of educational and competitive robotics
products to middle schools, high schools, colleges and robotics teams around
the world. The VEX Robotics Design System, winner of the 2006 Best of
Innovations Award at CES, was built from the ground up and designed to be an
affordable, accessible and scalable platform used to teach science,
technology, engineering and math education worldwide. The VEXpro product line,
designed for large scale competitive robots, gives robotics enthusiasts
superior performance for less cost. The company has over 250 man years of
experience supporting educational robotics programs and extensive engineering
resources on two continents dedicated to the VEX Robotics platform. For more
information on VEX Robotics, visit www.vexrobotics.com.

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